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April 25, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Friday Memo: Explosion in North Bend … bus cuts … Russell Wilson’s divorce

Big boom: A natural-gas leak at a pizza parlor under renovation is being blamed for a major explosion in North Bend early this morning. The blast damaged several buildings, including a barbershop, a gas station and a tire store. If there’s a bright side, at least the explosion occurred at 3:41 a.m. when no one was around. Eastside Fire and Rescue reports a few minor injuries, but nothing more serious at this time.

Where’s my ride? After Proposition 1 failed this week, King County Metro Transit is immediately looking to trim bus services. General Manager Kevin Desmond released a proposal Thursday listing 30 routes to be scrapped and 12 routes to run less frequently, starting Sept. 27.  Cuts are scheduled to occur in four phases through September 2015. The County Council is expected to vote on the cuts in June, but that could get complicated with differing views on how routes should change.

He’s human after all: Russell Wilson’s pending divorce isn’t any reason to think less of him, Larry Stone says in his column today. “It’s also a reminder that privacy is disappearing in our modern culture, given the ease social media provides in knowing about all aspects of our lives, and in commenting on one another’s peccadillos. For the famous, that factor goes up exponentially. Fame brings with it much benefit, including financial. But it also comes with a price.”

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Weather: Same old, same old. There will be rain this weekend with high temps in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Warmer weather will come eventually (maybe Tuesday?), but not this weekend.

 

 

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